“Don’t push your wisdom onto others; it doesn’t work.” ~ Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
The morning after my second angioplasty the cardiologist told me there was nothing more that could be done for me.
From that moment my life became like a dream, the kind in which whatever I do is futile; yet I give it my best shot anyway.
If Tricycle doesn’t want to follow people back on Twitter there is nothing I can do about it. They are Tricycle and I am nobody to them.
But to quote Tyler on Chandrakirti, “He didn’t leave the spice in the cupboard, either.” The same can be said for me; I never leave the spice in the cupboard, either.
If you don’t follow me on Twitter, I’ve been up in Tricycle’s grill all week. It took some arm twisting but I finally got up the corporate ladder to its Web editor.
At this point my boss wants me to say that these are my views and not those of Elephant Journal or its publisher. This is just me being me.
Also, I would appreciate it if you would let Tricycle magazine’s firstname.lastname@example.org know what you think. Perhaps it is just me.
Don’t bother trying to direct message them on Twitter. They don’t follow back, which makes tweeting with them all but impossible.
As Web editor, Philip Ryan instead has decided to focus on pushing links to Tricycle magazine content. If people don’t like it, that’s their problem.
I believe, as Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche teaches, “At any point we can always understand,” so I tried my best to change his mind but failed.
My view of the matter is of someone dedicated to the path of reason in Buddhism, as taught by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche.
Nothing is permanent, singular and independent, whether we are talking about self-existence, or an antisocial Web editor.
I tried to convince Tricycle that it was playing with fire. I may be only a single spark, but that’s all it takes to get burned in social media.
All I got for my efforts was contempt of course, as people on Twitter told me I would from the very beginning of my little exercise in futility.
When you don’t follow back, unfollow and block people on Twitter, you build up a lot of ill will toward your brand.
There’s a lot of contempt on Twitter for Tricycle. I’ve heard from many, many people who really despise the magazine. And Tricycle has earned that bad rap.
Despite being a columnist for Elephant Journal, and the benefit of its publisher’s connections, it was all but impossible to get even a comment for my column.
I never imagined that it would take so much out of me. By Friday morning I could feel my heart fluttering irregularly. I thought my defibrillator was going to go off.
Waylon suggested that I write a social media manifesto for Twitter Buddhists. I’m too pooped out for something so ambitious.
I simply would like Tricycle to consider a more enlightened approach when it comes to following back, unfollowing and blocking people on Twitter.
I’m not interested in fighting a fight I can’t win; although certainly I had no idea it would turn out to be such a major production. I get that they want to focus on content over participation.
For example, pushing links to breaking Web content works for the New York Times. So if Tricycle thinks it might work for their publication, more power to them.
I set out to confirm with Tricycle that it isn’t interested in Twitter Buddhists. And according to Tricyle’s Web editor Philip Ryan, this is so. My work is done.
As Milarepa sang, “Delusion as wisdom, now that’s being cheerful and bright, delusion transformed into wisdom, now that’s all right!”
Success and failure are equally empty of self-existence. It’s a lesson worth repeating. Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.
Someone who agrees with Tricycle called me deluded. I took it as a compliment. All relative truth is nothing but self-delusion.
I want one thing; someone else wants something else. Both are equally empty of self- existence. Approaching any disagreement in terms of right and wrong is irrelevant.
I’ll gladly concede the point. I still will argue my point. As Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche teaches, “Letting go is not giving up.”
I have to run now. The Blackhawks just went up 2–0 against the Flyers in the Stanley Cup. And Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche just sent me a direct message via Twitter.
I laugh when people suggest I feel put out by not being followed by Tricycle on Twitter. And these same people think I’m deluded. Give me a break.
(Follow me on Twitter @Ryderjaphy)